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Healthy at School

Welcome to the HEALTHY AT SCHOOL resource page. This page presents you with our most up to date plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Please understand that plans can change and we will stay current through this so you can always stay up to date on our Healthy at School action plans. Please bookmark this page and revisit it periodically for the most up-to-date information.

The purpose of this page is to share our action plans and also what we need for action items from our families. The health, well-being and safety of our Chance family of students, faculty, staff, and parents remain our highest priority.


On-Campus Learning Protocols: 

We are currently on-campus and in-person, we have developed contingency plans to employ if the situation changes. Throughout the rest of this year, we are monitoring the health and safety of both the VCS community and the greater Louisville community, making adjustments as information continues to develop. 
Below are some of the COVID-Specific Health and Safety Procedures that are in place to help us welcome your children back into the classroom safely. 
Fully vaccinated individuals (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) do not need to quarantine after exposure to a COVID-19–positive individual or after travel as long as they remain asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure or their return from traveling to a state on the self-quarantine list. If they develop symptoms within 10 days of exposure or return from travel, they should begin a new 10-day isolation starting the day the symptoms first developed and contract a doctor to get evaluated and/or tested. If symptoms develop, should be informed as soon as possible. 

The above exception only applies to fully vaccinated individuals. Students and non-fully vaccinated household members who are exposed or travel to states on the self-quarantine list must follow the quarantine guidelines. 

Regardless of vaccination status, inform if you or a family member is exposed or travels to a state on the self-quarantine list so we can monitor the situation and consult public health if it becomes necessary. When you make this notification, please provide the date(s) and manufacturer of any COVID-19 vaccine doses the person in question has received.
All people—students, faculty, staff, or visitors—coming onto the VCS campus will complete a health questionnaire upon arrival, either during carpool or when otherwise entering the building. Recent experience with COVID-19 symptoms and household quarantine status will be assessed. 
Elementary students along with all faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask when inside and when adequate distancing is not guaranteed outside.  Preschool students will not wear masks for personal safety reasons. Please check the School Supply List for what has worked well during our run with camp this summer.
Students will stay within their “classroom pod” during the day, meaning they will not mix with other students in the building and during outside play-times. 
Students, faculty, and staff will wash their hands throughout the day, including upon arrival, before and after eating, after using the restroom, after being outdoors, and before leaving school. The school has also invested in an on-campus full-day cleaning technician to make sure our communal spaces are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. Teachers will follow cleaning protocols in the classroom throughout the day.
Visits will be limited to when there are a clear need and a clear plan for the visit. Special visits, such as coming in for birthdays, class parties, book reads, will be creatively restructured and reimagined to allow for Google Meet and Virtual Visits to reduce the Pollinator effect. Late arrivals and early dismissals will happen at the front door with entrance to the building permitted only for the student. No parent walk-ups to the classrooms will be allowed; they will be chaperoned through the building by staff warmly and lovingly as we know this will be a new transition for some students.
Snacks will no longer be communally provided, but rather all students will provide their own snacks daily. Lunches will need to be packed to be shelf-stable with ice packs or thermoses as we will no longer use refrigerators and microwaves communally for health and safety precautions. All students will bring their own utensils. Please check the School Supply List for specific recommendations.
Regularly used supplies have been purchased for the individual student and are no longer communal. When communal materials are necessary, such as preschool play items, there are protocols in place to isolate the materials for cleaning after use.

States that are currently subject to the self-quarantine policy: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Please note that when Indiana is on the list, travel within the Kentuckiana area (which includes the counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington) is exempt from this policy.

Please see the Travel Self-Quarantine Policy page for more information.

KENTUCKY HEALTHY AT SCHOOL guidelines were provided to all schools on 6.24.20. Below this document are some questions and answers from the press conference. Please know that we will provide our in-school guide specific to our school environment based on those guidelines provided by the state.